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Following Valve’s decision from yesterday to disqualify Team 123 and give their spot in the Chongqing Major to Thunder Predator, the third team placed in the South American qualifiers for the event, Quinn “CCnC” Callahan, captain of the mainly NA Team 123, and the squad’s only South American player Rodrigo “Lelis” Santos, gave a few explanations for how they ended up competing in the South American region for this Major.

Both CCnc and Lelis stressed the fact that it wasn’t the team’s intention to rob the SA region of a qualifier ticket. Lelis expressed his feelings on Valve’s very late reaction and pointed out the lack of any kind of rules when it comes to Valve events. In his TwitLonger post, he says: “I am by no means trying to justify what we did nor am I calling anyone out on the matter trying to cause more drama, but having rules straight up would have avoided all of this, instead of giving us vague statements where it was allowed or not. I’m sure other teams also have questions and since there are no actually rules it feels all so arbitrary and random.”

According to Lelis, this was a situation poorly handled from the very start as he questions why his team got invited in the SA qualifiers in the first place and why it got disqualified only after they took the first seed.

“I will also point out how poorly communicated this matter was between our team and valve. We were invited to the closed SA qualifier and even won the qualifier BEFORE we got dq’ed. It seems like something is either very misinterpreted or people were not that concerned about it before we won the qualifiers. It feels weird how powerful a tweet can be, when all of this could have been avoided if we were just dq’ed from the qualifiers before it even started, even maybe giving us a chance to play in the NA qualifiers.”

The tweet Lelis is referring to, came from NiP’s captain Peter “PPD” Dager. Moments after Team 123 won the SA qualifiers, and it seems it’s what triggered Valve’s decision.

Team 123 captain, CCnC too time to write lengthy explanation of how they actually ended up playing in the SA qualifiers.

Extract from CCnC’s TwitLonger post:

“So the start of our team was basically sg esports +2 which previously consisted of both lelis and 4dr, Brazilian players, and flee who had been playing with them in South America for around 6 months.  After TI they were looking for 2 new players as a group of 3 and me and ritsu were also looking for people to play with at this time so it was just the best thing for all of us.

[…] After we were eliminated from the Kuala Lumpur major we sat down and talked about what would be best for the team moving forward. Lelis originally a 3 player had switched to 5 to make room for us and was still a 3 player at heart so a change had to be made. It took quite a while as it was a very hard decision to make. Parting ways with people you really like and enjoy playing with is always hard. So 2 days before we flew back to SA we decided to kick 4dr and move lelis back to offlane. We had very little time now to find a replacement and with major qualifiers in SA already underway it was nigh on impossible to find a replacement from SA and as we had already payed for a bootcamp and hotels there because there was such a small gap between the end of the tournament and the qualifier we were sorta stuck.

We also believed that at its core dota is a very region less game where different people can unite behind this awesome game and form a team with the aim to compete at the highest level vs other international teams, and that was our goal. With that in mind we chose kitrak as we believed he would be the best fit for us and give us that opportunity to compete at the highest level. And with the core of the team being the same and a bootcamp and place to stay already pre arranged we headed back to SA to practice the new patch and play the qualifiers. And that’s how we ended up where we are now. We had looked into ways to set up a permanent living setup but with only temporary visas and being on the road and away from home as much as we were it was very difficult to make that a reality by the time we returned to SA. At no point we’re we trying to take advantage of SA but we’re trying to become a real team of the region and I can’t say enough how sorry I am if that’s how this came across. “

It’s impossible to think that these two statements will make Valve change their mind and both confirmed in the ending of their posts that the team will stay together and will compete for the Bucharest Minor qualifiers from the North American region. PGL, the event organizer for the Minor hasn’t announced yet the regional qualifiers invites as they wait for the Chongqing Major qualifiers to finish. Open qualifiers for the Bucharest Minor are scheduled to commence on the 1st of December.

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